Gabriel's Rebellion

Gabriel's Rebellion (HM37W)

Location: Hanover, VA 23069 Caroline County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 47.44', W 77° 22.189'

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On 24 Aug. 1800, slave Ben Woolfolk met with other slaves at nearby Littlepage's Bridge to recruit individuals for an insurrection planned for 30 Aug. The insurgents led by Gabriel, a slave owned by Thomas Henry Prosser of Henrico County, intended to march into Richmond, capture Governor James Monroe, and force him and other leaders to support political, social, and economic equality. Intense rains delayed the scheme. Mosby Sheppard of Henrico County notified Monroe of the conspiracy after his slaves, Tom and Pharoah, made him aware of the plot. Monroe called out the militia, who captured many of the alleged conspirators. Trials were held in a number of jurisdictions, including Caroline County, resulting in the execution of Gabriel and at least 25 supporters.
HM NumberHM37W
Marker NumberE 115
Year Placed2002
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 6:10pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 291331 N 4185234
Decimal Degrees37.79066667, -77.36981667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 47.44', W 77° 22.189'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 47' 26.40" N, 77° 22' 11.34" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 34280-34286 VA-2, Hanover VA 23069, US
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